MIHOSO International Holds Second Phase Of Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Training in Sunyani - News Hunter Magazine


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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

MIHOSO International Holds Second Phase Of Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Training in Sunyani

MIHOSO International a reputable organization committed to providing Public Health, Social Advocacy, Capacity building Training, Sharing of Resources, and Provision of Livelihood Empowerment programmes to target women, Youth and Children in Ghana has organized its second phase of Public Expenditure Tracking Survey in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The program which targets all artisans and associations within the municipality is funded by World Bank and The Government of Ghana with partnership MIHOSO International and SNV Ghana under 3years duration.

Program Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Benarkuu said it's organized once a quarter to train SPEFIA Members on developmental issues and how citizens can contribute as well as engage the assembly in developmental issues.

“Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability is a project that we’ve been doing for the past one year. The first phase ended and we have not achieved what we are expecting but we have gone far. There have been some improvement; one of them is citizen participation in decision making at the district assembly level has improve. Those days the planning officer and others will tell us that anytime they call on the citizens, they don’t come but this time, the participation is increasing because of the awareness that we are creating as SPEFA Members. There have also been improvements in the revenue mobilization by the Municipal Assembly and a lot of people have been participated in decision making process of the assembly—and they’ve increase the revenue mobilization as well,” Mr. Thomas Bernakuu told the News Hunter Magazine on Tuesday after the training.

He indicated that they’ve encountered a lot of challenges since the commencement of the project.

“There are a lot of challenges anyway, because you can’t undergo such a project without any challenge, some of them are just administrative procedures and some are also the resistance from citizens. Citizens do not have time for such programs. Sometimes, they prefer to do their work than learning.

“Some people also like money than knowledge. These are things that we all need to look at and see how we can fight against. Because when you have knowledge and you have wisdom, you will get money. But if you don’t have knowledge and you have money, you cannot manage the money you have. So it’s good we all note it—and we need to know how we can work on it,” he averred.

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